I have a Nikon D7k which I have been shooting in RAW and converting using Adobe DNG converter 6.4 to process in Lightroom 2. (I have a G4 (PPC) Mac with OS 10.5.8. LR2 is the last version this Mac can run.) The converted files look rather poor and require substantial effort to achieve an acceptable result in LR. JPEGs look much better out-of-the-camera. I looked at some of the RAW files in Nikon ViewNX2 and they looked much, much better. Unfortunately, there is some sort of color space conflict with LR2 which I have been unable to resolve.
Does anyone have a suggestion other than shooting in JPEG, which I am presently doing, until such time as I get a new computer which will run the latest versions of LR and PS?
If you find some LR settings that are consistently better than the defaults, then make new defaults, or at least some presets with those alternate settings that you can apply en-masse or upon import.
Use Auto Tone if the JPGs look better because you have Active D-Lighting enabled in the camera. If it’s more the colors then use the Camera Standard profile instead of Adobe Standard. Generally, learn how to use Lightroom and you won’t have to rely on the camera doing things for you.
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